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PLP bags Sampson and Ludgate House redevelopment job

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PLP has been appointed to the huge redevelopment of Sampson and Ludgate House next to Tate Modern on London’s South Bank

The KPF-offshoot is currently working on early designs for the project to replace the buildings.  

The ‘brutalist’ Sampson House was completed in 1979 by Fitzroy Robinson & Partners as a processing centre for Lloyds Bank and the 1989 Ludgate House was originally home to the Daily Express newspaper.

The buildings are separated by a Victorian railway viaduct leading to Blackfriars train station but it is understood the scheme for developer Carlyle Group would consider them as one site. Jacobs Architecture is currently working on a new South Bank entrance to the station.

The 140,000m² residential-led development could feature 1,000 apartments in buildings up to 30 storeys-tall, reported Reuters.

The proposals may include 28,000m² of offices and 18,500m² of retail.

In July, Carlyle Group was defeated by Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar in a high-profile contest to redevelop the Shell Centre which is also on London’s South Bank.

Last month, a stalled 52-storey skyscraper designed by Ian Simpson Architect and next door to Ludgate House was mooted for resurrection following reports developer St George was closing in on a deal to buy the site.

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